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Twins 4, Tigers 2: The future is now (simulated)

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Two young pitchers give us a preview of the future in the AL Central

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Max Kepler RF, Ehire Adrianza 1B, Luis Arraez 2B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jorge Polanco SS, Mitch Garver C, Eddie Rosario LF, Nelson Cruz DH, Byron Buxton CF, Lewis Thorpe P

DET: Cameron Maybin RF, Victor Reyes CF, Jonathan Schoop 2B, C.J. Cron 1B, Jeimer Candelario 3B, Travis Deneritte LF, Niko Goodrum SS, Miguel Cabrera DH, Austin Romine C, Casey Mize P


Tonight’s contest was started by two guys you can expect to see in the AL Central for years to come. 24-year old Lewis Thorpe was outdueled by 23-year old Casey Mize, but Detroit’s bullpen ended up losing the game.

Thorpe only gave up two runs over seven innings pitched, both off the bat of C.J. Cron in the third. Victor Reyes was aboard after a single, and there were two outs. Cron watched strike one, and then turned the second pitch he saw into a 400-foot flyball to left.

The fifth was the only inning in which Mize surrendered a run. Nelson Cruz hit a single and went to second on a ground out. Max Kepler drove in the run with a single of his own.

In the eighth inning, the Twins took the lead against the Tigers bullpen. Two of the runs were unearned, but they still count the same. Luis Arraez made it to first on an error by Cron. He scored from there on a two-out double from Mitch Garver, which tied the game. Eddie Rosario hit a two-run bomba to make it a three-run inning.

Notes

  • Thorpe went seven complete innings. Mize went 6.2, and both were excellent.
  • The Tigers committed three errors tonight. I bet Gardy was bright red by the end of the game.
  • June 30 - July 8 is probably one of the most important stretches of the season. The Twins play nine games in nine days against division opponents.

STUDS:

Max Kepler: 2-4, BB, RBI
Eddie Rosario: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Lewis Thorpe: 7 IP, 7 K, 2 runs

DUDS:

No duds, Twins win!

Tomorrow: Game two at Detroit. 6:10 pm First pitch

Standings:
MIN 50-36 —
CLE 47-38 2 1/2
CHW 44-41 5 1/2
DET 43-42 6 1/2
KCR 31-55 19